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Wolfram Alpha update & Microsoft Kumo

May 20, 2009

Wolfram Alpha officially launched this week.  Here are two first reviews, especially as it compares/contrasts with Google and other engines:

In other search news, Microsoft is expected, next week, to unveil its updated search engine, codenamed Kumo.

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  1. Damian Hayden permalink
    May 20, 2009 3:14 pm

    One of the linked reviews states there’s not one search among a recent set of top 100 searches that it does better than Google. I’d go further. Among the preformulated Health and Medicine or Life Sciences topics like Drugs or Genomics, there aren’t computational lookups that would provide the level of detail expected by a professional searcher, that would already be available to that person from basic reference sources. My view is that WolframAlpha may be useful only to non specialists, e.g., grade school kids, who may want on occasion a Wikipedia-like reference for a variety of basic numeric data.

    • Alexander Feng permalink
      May 27, 2009 9:23 am

      Good point. Comments seem to circulate around the idea that this is a tool, though certainly not a “Google-beater”. Here’s another review on Wolfram Alpha as it relates to medical information that’s interesting:

      In fact, I read the other day where Stephen Wolfram showed an early version to Sergey Brin with the idea that it might possibly be integrated as part of Google.

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